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Exploring home with Google EarthExploring home with Google EarthProgram Manager

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +0000

This week we’re giving you a taste of what you can find in Voyager, a showcase of interactive tours and stories from experts, nonprofits and more in the new Google Earth. When you opened Google Earth for the very first time, where did you go? For most people there's a common destination: We all want to see our home. The definition of “home” changes by country, culture and climate.In the Voyager story This is Home, you can explore how humans have adapted to their own unique landscapes across our planet by looking at the most personal of places. Visit igloos inhabited by generations of Inuit people long ago; listen to stories in the colorful home of Kancha Sherpa; or head to the desert and learn how an extended drought has changed the lives of the Bedouin people. Visit a welcoming and tightknit community in Greenland with more sheep than people. To tell these stories, we worked with partners and communities to digitally preserve homes of different cultures in Street View. The 360-degree imagery provides a snapshot in time of cultures facing economic, environmental and population pressures. For example, the Inuit people of Sanikiluaq have been building igloos for schoolchildren to learn in for decades, but in recent winters conditions haven’t been cold enough to create the right type of snow. It’s important to record this snapshot in time now, because some of these lifestyles may be disappearing.Check back in the coming months as we take you to dozens more homes and cultures. And thank you to the families who invited us into their homes and the partners who made it possible![...]Visit five traditional homes around the globe and discover how the definition of “home” can both change and remain the same.

Your tree-loving, earth-celebrating Google AssistantYour tree-loving, earth-celebrating Google AssistantThe Google Assistant Team

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000

Today is Earth Day and your Google Assistant is here to help you make the most of it. Whether your day is full of clean-ups on the beach, enjoying nature in the forest or sitting at a park—basically the Earth Day of our dreams—your Assistant can help you give a little love back to our earth.


  • Ask your Assistant on Android phones, “where is the nearest community garden?” Put your green thumb to work, meet some new people or just stop to smell the flowers.
  • Have your Assistant in Allo “Tell me some earth day tips.” Paperless bills, turning off the water, biking and more!
  • “Play some nature sounds” on your Google Home to bring the outside in.
  • “Ok Google, tell me a fact about nature.” From the Chocolate Hills in the Philippines to the North Pole, learn about the world.
  • Do some good and ask your Assistant on Pixel “Where is the closest recycling center?” 

Close your eyes, listen to the sounds of nature (from your Assistant, a seashell or otherwise) and have a great weekend!

(image) Whether your Earth Day is full of clean-ups on the beach, enjoying nature in the forest or sitting at a park, your Google Assistant can help you make the most out of it!

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Happy Earth Day, world!Happy Earth Day, world!Lead for Sustainability

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +0000

The Earth is more than 4.543 billion years old, home to more than 8.7 million species—and still the only known planet in the universe known to harbor life. That’s right, we’re pretty special.😉  So on Earth Day, let’s all celebrate our planet and learn about ways to help preserve it.   Today’s Earth Day Doodle tells the story of a friendly fox whose bad dream about about climate change jolts it into action. The fox goes on a quest to care for the Earth—meeting some familiar faces along the way. Clicking through to Google Search, you’ll see a list of quick and easy tips to help you do your part in saving the planet. Whether it’s planting a tree, conserving energy or carpooling on your way to work, no act is too small. Now by searching for “Earth Day” or a similar query, you’ll see a carousel of posts on Google with info on Earth Day events, museum exhibits from Oakland to Switzerland, and history of how Earth Day came to be from the History Channel. Teen girls coding at a Change is Made with Code event in New York City Sometimes a call to action can help motivate your friends and family to get involved and learn about ways to protect the environment. In this spirit, Google’s Made with Code has launched a new environment coding project that calls on teen girls to code a statement about environmental issues they care about. By learning and using the Blockly coding language, these young coders can code personalized statements in support of the critical work of the World Wildlife Fund, The Ocean Agency and the Jane Goodall Institute. Coded statements made on in support of The Ocean Agency, NGO’s World Wildlife Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute We’ve always supported advocates who are working to protect our environment, and we’re committed to do our part to run Google in a way that works for the planet. We recently shared that we’ll reach 100 percent renewable energy this year, and we continue to push ourselves to run the most energy efficient data centers in the world. You can learn more about these efforts in our Environmental Report. In the words of Jane Goodall in the new Google Earth: "Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved." [...]Now in honor of Earth Day, Google is featuring some ways you can help preserve our planet and learn more about how to celebrate.

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The High Five: this week in sweet and sparkly searchesThe High Five: this week in sweet and sparkly searchesManaging Editor

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:00:00 +0000

You made it through your week, but Earth has made it through billions of years. High five, Earth. Here’s a look at a rainbow of top trending Google searches from the week of April 17.

What a time to be alive

Starbucks has a new (temporary) spirit animal: the unicorn. Described as “sweet and fruity transforming to pleasantly sour,” the Unicorn Frappuccino has whipped up a mix of reactions from sweet tooths, neiiiggghhh (is that the sound a unicorn makes?)-sayers and even Starbucks employees. Coming in cold with 59g of sugar (the equivalent of three Twinkies), the Unicorn Frappucino also has people wondering “What flavor is the unicorn frappuccino?” and “Where can I get the unicorn frappuccino?” The drink caused so much buzz this week that search interest in “unicorn” spiked 3x over coffee searches.

NBA Playoffs

The NBA Playoffs are here. Some teams might be Cavalier, others are Bulling over their opponents, while a couple teams seem to be Pacing themselves to bring the Thunder later. Who will get Bucked out of the playoffs and who will Rocket toward the finals? Basketball fans are watching the scores like a Hawk, Spurring them to search, “What are the NBA playoff scores?” and “What are the playoff games tonight?”

Earth to Google

This Saturday is Earth Day, and people are looking for ways to contribute and get outside. Search interest in “tree planting” spikes every April, and people also search for for National Parks, like Yellowstone and Yosemite. Others are curious about the history of Earth Day, with questions like “When did the first international earth day occur?” and “Who founded international earth day?”

Kids these days

As if high school wasn’t complicated/awkward/stressful enough, students are now expected to come up with a “promposal”—an elaborate gesture to ask someone to prom. High schoolers are looking for clever ideas with Google searches for “promposal puns” and “cute promposal ideas.” Some are even themed, like “Disney promposal” or “basketball promposal.” It’s a whole new world in high school these days—hope your prom is a slam dunk, kids.

Future tennis star

Serena Williams served some big news this week—she’s pregnant. The announcement, made on Snapchat, left fans wondering “Who is the father of Serena Williams’ baby?” and “How far along is Serena Williams?” The father is her fiancé Alexis Ohanian, and she is 20 weeks along, which means she won the Australian Open while she was pregnant … whoa, baby.

(image) Check out what’s trending on Google with a look at a few of the top searches from the week of April 17.

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Walk, climb and swim with wildlife in Google EarthWalk, climb and swim with wildlife in Google EarthProgram Manager

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000

This week we’re giving you a taste of what you can find in Voyager, a showcase of interactive tours and stories from experts, nonprofits and more in the new Google Earth.For 10 years, Google Earth Outreach has empowered nonprofits to create positive change in the world with Google’s mapping tools. Learn more about the efforts of many of these organizations in today’s Voyager spotlight.Start with Dr. Jane Goodall, as she introduces you to the G-Family—that's chimpanzees Gremlin, Gaia and Google (!)—in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park. From East Africa, head to the Gulf of California with Dr. Sylvia Earle and dive into the vibrant waters off Baja, Mexico, to witness leaping mobula rays and other vibrant ocean life. Finally, walk alongside the Hardwoods elephant family of Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve with the organization working to save them, Save the Elephants. In addition to chimpanzees, we’ve got lions and tigers and bears (oh my!), along with most of the other species on the planet. Visit Voyager today to dive with sharks, waddle with penguins and learn about wildlife conservation efforts around the globe.[...]Climb alongside the chimpanzees in Tanzania; swim with the mobula rays off Baja, Mexico; and journey across KAZA, a conservation area spanning five southern African countries.

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Google Play Music teams up with Samsung to deliver the right music for youGoogle Play Music teams up with Samsung to deliver the right music for youLead Product Manager

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000

With the new Google Play Music—a smarter, more assistive music streaming service—we strive to deliver the right song at the right time and place to more people. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Samsung, the world’s largest Android smartphone maker, in a partnership to make it even easier and faster for Samsung customers to get the right music no matter where they are or what they’re doing.Starting today with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on new Samsung phones and tablets globally. We’re also collaborating with Samsung to create special features in Google Play Music just for Samsung customers.For starters, if you have a new Samsung phone or tablet, you can now upload and stream up to 100,000 of your own songs to Google Play Music for free. With twice as much storage capacity offered exclusively to Samsung customers, it’s easier than ever to migrate your personal music collection from any service to Google Play Music. In addition, new Samsung phones and tablets will now come with a free three-month trial of Google Play Music. With a subscription, you’ll get ad-free and on-demand access to more than 40 million songs and thousands of playlists tailored for any mood or occasion. You’ll also get access to YouTube Red (where available), so you can enjoy all of your favorite videos with no ads.It doesn’t stop there—just like our integration with the Assistant on Google Home, Google Play Music will work with Bixby, Samsung’s new intelligent interface, when it launches later this spring. Subscribers will be able to ask Bixby to play their favorite song or music for dancing and it’ll start playing on Google Play Music instantly.We’re thrilled to bring this special version of Google Play Music to Samsung customers anywhere, and we look forward to bringing the best music experience to your Samsung device. Together, we’re committed to delivering the perfect soundtrack to make your everyday moments better.[...]Starting today, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on new Samsung phones and tablets globally

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Internet Citizens: Let's make a better webInternet Citizens: Let's make a better webHead of Public Policy, Google UK

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:00:00 +0000

The internet is a place where anyone can have a voice, be part of a community and generate positive social change. But the internet isn’t always positive or welcoming for everyone.

Nearly all of us will have come across comments or content online that shocked or even offended us, sometimes leaving us feeling isolated or powerless to change the conversation. For young people in particular, this sense of vulnerability can be heightened especially when something is shared on social media by a trusted friend.

That’s why we’re launching Internet Citizens, a series of day-long workshops for 13-18 year olds in cities across the U.K., as part of our global YouTube Creators for Change program, which supports creators who are tackling social issues and promoting awareness, tolerance and empathy on their YouTube channels. The workshops will help young people find a positive sense of belonging online and teach skills on how to participate safely and responsibly, and use tools such as flagging and comment moderation to make the web better for all. Some of the specific topics include what could be done in response to offensive speech, fake news, echo chambers and how they could use video to bring diverse groups together.

Our curriculum was designed by experts from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, in partnership with UK Youth and Livity, and was also informed by our work with an advisory council including Faith Associates, Active Change Foundation, the MET Police, Demos and the Diana Award. Hosting these workshops are Alain “Fusion” Clapham and Efe Ezekiel, along with YouTube creator Nadir Nahdi, Founder of BENI, all of whom have mastered the art of using their voice and creativity to drive social change.

We’ve spent the last few weeks testing the workshop before our launch today in Liverpool, and have seen some promising results. With the help of UK Youth, we’ll visit youth clubs across the country over the coming months, and we’ll also explore ways to work further with youth workers and other partners to scale the program.

This is just one part of our commitment to a better web. Alongside this, we’re exploring more innovative ways to use technology and to partner with experts to help us tackle hate speech online. We’ll share more updates on these areas in the coming weeks.

And Fusion said it best: The internet is what we want it to be. It can be an unpleasant place where people misunderstand and deliberately deceive each other. Or it can be this amazing place where we can share, collaborate, understand and help each other.

To find out more about Internet Citizens, please visit our website.

(image) Today we’re launching Internet Citizens, a series of day-long workshops for 13-18 year olds in cities across the UK, as part of our global YouTube Creators for Change programme which supports creators who are tackling social issues and promoting awareness, tolerance and empathy on their YouTube channels.

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An international framework for digital evidenceAn international framework for digital evidenceSenior Vice President and General Counsel

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Today, we’re releasing the latest version of our Transparency Report regarding government requests for user data. In the second half of 2016, we received over 45,000 government requests for user data worldwide. This is the most government requests we’ve received for user data in a six-month period since we released our first transparency report in 2010.In many ways, this shouldn’t be surprising. As more people use more of our services, and as we offer new ones, it is natural that we are seeing an increase in government requests. For example, Gmail had around 425 million active users in 2012, and more than 1 billion by 2016. And as digital evidence increasingly becomes part of criminal investigations, other companies are seeing similar trends. We of course continue to require appropriate legal process for these requests, resist overbroad requests not narrowly calibrated to legitimate law enforcement requirements, and reform modernization of data surveillance laws.  Cross-border requests for data continue to account for a substantial portion of overall requests, with over 31,000 in the second half of 2016 coming from outside of the United States.. This volume underscores the need for an improved international framework that meets legitimate law enforcement needs and ensures high standards of due process, privacy and human rights. The Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) process facilitates the production of digital evidence in cross-border investigations (when the crime occurs in one country but data is held by a company in another country). But the MLAT process is often slow and cumbersome: on average, it takes 10 months to process an MLAT request in the United States. That’s a long time for an investigator to wait.Without better and faster ways to collect cross-border evidence, countries will be tempted to take unilateral actions to deal with a fundamentally multilateral problem. A sustainable framework for handling digital evidence in legitimate cross-border investigations will help avoid a chaotic, conflicting patchwork of data location proposals and ad hoc surveillance measures that may threaten privacy and generate uncertainty, without fundamentally advancing legitimate law enforcement and national security interests.We believe that governments can develop solutions that appropriately balance the various interests at stake. This includes respecting the legitimate privacy rights of users, wherever they are, as well as the obligations of governments to investigate crimes and protect their residents. The conversation should include a broad group of stakeholders, including not just law enforcement and national security perspectives, but also the voices of citizens, civil society groups and providers of information services that cross national borders.This discussion will raise difficult questions about the scope of government surveillance powers, the extent of digital jurisdiction, the importance of rapid investigations, and privacy rights in the Internet age—fundamental issues that can’t be adequately addressed by courts using antiquated legal standards or by governments acting in an ad hoc fashion.We look forward to sharing more thoughts about the legal frameworks that can address some of these challenges in the coming weeks and months. And we look forward to working with relevant stakeholders to craft viable and lasting solutions.  [...]Today, we’re releasing the latest version of our Transparency Report regarding government requests for user data.

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The Ghent Altarpiece: how we digitized one of the most influential artworks of all timeThe Ghent Altarpiece: how we digitized one of the most influential artworks of all timeProgram Manager

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Some 600 years ago, the Van Eyck brothers created one of the first large-scale oil paintings: “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb.” Due to its pioneering attention to detail and realistic portrayal of people, the “Ghent Altarpiece” is renowned as one of the most influential paintings ever made and a defining artwork that represents the start of the Northern Renaissance. As such an important symbol in art history, the altarpiece has long been highly sought after and widely coveted. Since 1432, when it was first installed at Saint Bavo Cathedral in what’s now Belgium, the Altarpiece has survived 13 crimes. Looted, burned and torn apart, it’s been through the hands of multiple armies, including those of Napoleon and the Nazis.After World War II, the Monuments Men—a group set up by the Allied armies to protect cultural heritage from the Nazis—brought it back to its original home in Ghent, Belgium. One of the panels—“The Just Judges”—is still missing following its theft in 1934. Its absence remains one of the most intriguing riddles in art history. Archives documenting the Altarpiece’s rescue at the end of WWII from the collection of Lukas - Art in Flanders. Now, the freshly renovated exterior panels of the Altarpiece can be explored in ultra-high resolution on Google Arts & Culture. Thanks to a partnership with the online image library of Flemish art heritage Lukas - Art in Flanders and the Cathedral of Saint-Bavo, we’ve digitized this masterpiece for future generations to explore in unprecedented detail. Our robotic Art Camera took about 4,000 high-resolution close-ups of the artwork and used those to create the highest ever resolution image ever made of the panels. You can zoom as much as you’d like into more than 8 billion pixels. Art Camera digitizing one of the 10 exterior panels of the Altarpiece Discover amazing details, revealed by the panels’ recent renovation: for example, a charming view of medieval Ghent which used to be barely visible. Now you can even make out the lines of the book Mary is reading. This is one of the latest efforts by Google Arts & Culture to provide institutions with the tools to digitally preserve their collections and make cultural heritage more accessible to everyone.Explore the adventurous past and rescue of the Altarpiece today—and download Google Art & Culture app on iOS or Android for a daily dose of culture. [...]Zoom into the highest ever resolution image of one of the world’s most coveted masterpieces, the Ghent Altarpiece.

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Mobility best practice in connected workspaces: tiered access at GoogleMobility best practice in connected workspaces: tiered access at GoogleManager, Security EngineeringProduct Manager, Android

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

How does Google manage its own devices? With a huge range of devices on multiple platforms used by over 61,000 employees, it’s no small feat.Google’s Technical Infrastructure organization is tasked with protecting employees against sophisticated adversaries, while ensuring that corporate security practices do not interfere with Google’s culture of innovation, freedom and flexibility. It accomplishes this with a tiered access security model that categorizes corporate services and devices into trust tiers to determine access.  Today, we are sharing details about our tiered access approach so that IT admins can use it to deploy devices in their organizations.In contrast to traditional security models, tiered access looks at a wide range of variables to make granular decisions regarding access. These variables go beyond simple user authentications—for example, device state, group permissions and required level of trust for a particular employee role are all taken into account.First, internal services are associated with a trust tier according to the sensitivity of the data. A service can have one minimum trust tier or a more granular model of access where components and/or capabilities (e.g. read or write access) have different minimum trust tiers based on risk. Second, as resource requests are made from devices, user credentials are verified and the state of the device is queried to assess its risk profile. On successful user verification, access to services is granted only if the assessed risk profile of the device matches the required trust tier.When implementing tiered access, there are three main components to consider:Client base and data sources: what is the composition of your organization’s fleet of devices and what data do you have about them?Access intelligence and gateways: what technology can you use to evaluate a set of policies and make access decisions? How close to when some attempts to access information can these decisions be made?Services to be accessed: what services need access controls and how will you classify the sensitivity of those services?For Google, tiered access is a powerful tool that goes hand in hand with a larger project called BeyondCorp, which challenges the traditional security assumptions that private or “internal” IP addresses represented a “more trusted” device than those coming from the internet, and is now available as a GCP service called Identity-Aware Proxy (IAP).To learn more about taking a similarly dynamic, flexible approach to security when planning device deployments, check out the second edition in Google Cloud’s best practice series, which shares recommendations for IT decision-makers deploying Android and Chrome devices. [...]Today, we are sharing details about our tiered access approach so that IT admins can use it to deploy devices in their organizations.

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Tomato, tomahto. Google Home now supports multiple usersTomato, tomahto. Google Home now supports multiple usersProduct Manager, Google Assistant

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000

“Ok Google, good morning.”“Hey, Jana. The time is 8 AM. The weather in Mountain View currently is 72 degrees and sunny with a high of 75 degrees. Today at 9 AM you have breakfast check in with Diego. Here’s the latest news….” Wait—that daily briefing was for my wife, who set up Google Home for the family. What if I want to hear results that are right for me? Starting today, I can—and so can you. We’re adding the ability for up to six people to connect their account to one Google Home. So now when I ask my Google Assistant for help, it can distinguish my voice from my wife’s and I can hear my own personal playlists, my own commute time, my own schedule and more. To get started, first make sure that you have the latest Google Home app. Then, look for a card that says ”multi-user is available” when you open the app. If you don’t see a card, click on the icon in the top right to see all of your connected devices. Once you see your Google Home in the list, select “Link your account.” From there, you'll teach your Assistant to understand it’s you, not your partner, family member or roommate—and vice versa, based on who’s speaking. For certain features, like personalized music and commute, you’ll also need to set up your preferences within the app. So how does it work? When you connect your account on a Google Home, we ask you to say the phrases "Ok Google" and "Hey Google" two times each. Those phrases are then analyzed by a neural network, which can detect certain characteristics of a person's voice. From that point on, any time you say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google" to your Google Home, the neural network will compare the sound of your voice to its previous analysis so it can understand if it's you speaking or not. This comparison takes place only on your device, in a matter of milliseconds.This feature will start rolling out today for Google Home users in the U.S., but will expand to the U.K. in the coming months.Your Assistant should be personal to you—and now it is. From music to news, your Google Assistant on Google Home is ready to answer your questions and help you get more done[...]We’re adding the ability for multiple people to connect their account to one Google Home. So now with the Google Assistant you can hear your commute time, your daily briefing, your personal playlists and more.

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Get lost in earth’s beauty from spaceGet lost in earth’s beauty from spaceDeveloper Advocate

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000

This week we’re giving you a taste of what you can find in Voyager, a showcase of interactive tours and stories from experts, nonprofits and more in the new Google Earth.Earth Day is just a few days away. And we can think of few better ways to celebrate than by appreciating our planet’s beauty from that most unique perspective: Space. Today in Voyager, go on a planetary-wide scavenger hunt with NASA Earth imagery; see geographies in a new way with Federico Winer’s Ultradistancia; and admire stunning landscapes with Earth View by Ubilabs. Explore the world from a distance, and see a few things closer to home—like cherry blossoms in full bloom, tropical islands and the wonders of the ancient world.[...]Google Earth shows you the world from a new perspective—literally. Preview Voyager stories from NASA and artist Federico Winer that show the globe in a new light.

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Scan your printed photos in just one tapScan your printed photos in just one tapiOS Software Engineer, Google Photos

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:00:00 +0000

PhotoScan lets you save digital copies of your printed photos in just a few taps. Since we launched the app in November, you’ve all scanned a lot of photos—almost 50 million in fact! Today we're making a few updates to ensure these moments—once trapped in a photo album in your attic—are even easier to scan and share, so you can take them with you wherever you go.

PhotoScan already removes glare from scanned photos, making the process of preserving your printed memories less complicated. Yet sometimes, the lighting is just right, and there’s no glare present. For those moments, you can now turn off glare removal and scan in one step. You’ll get a quick, high-quality result with all the benefits of PhotoScan—like cropping, edge detection, image straightening, and rotating to the correct orientation.


Plus, now you can share your scans right from the app, so you don’t have to wait long to send off that childhood photo of you rocking your favorite pink velvet top.


These updates are rolling out over the next few days on Android and iOS.

(image) We're making a few updates to ensure moments once trapped in a photo album in your attic are even easier to scan and share, so you can take them with you wherever you go.

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Look around, listen in. This is “Tabel,” an experimental VR film.Look around, listen in. This is “Tabel,” an experimental VR film.Product ManagerProject Lead

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:30:00 +0000

As Earth Day approaches, we’re paying homage to our lovely little patch of blue and green with “Tabel,” an interactive virtual reality film about our changing climate.

'Tabel’ Trailer, An Experimental VR Film by Google

After hitting play, you’ll find yourself seated at a table in the center of an exclusive restaurant, where you can interact with six storylines by listening in on the conversations of others at the restaurant. “Tabel” uses a unique audio technique that enables you to follow one story at a time or jump between stories by simply looking around the restaurant.


As the night progresses, chaos engulfs the restaurant. Arguments break out as the temperature reaches unbearable levels, yet no one does anything to save the restaurant. As smoke billows out of the kitchen, you realize that—like the other characters in the story—you’ve been sitting back while the drama unfolds. You become a central figure in the story itself.

We wanted this VR experience to resonate with everyone, so we focused the narrative on something that has a widespread impact—climate change. Then, we built “Tabel” to be viewable on as many different platforms and in as many ways as possible, especially on mobile browsers. “Tabel” was created in WebVR, making it easily viewable on any smartphone via the Chrome browser in 360 video mode or with a VR headset. The viewing experience becomes immersive when viewing the film with Daydream View or Google Cardboard. “Tabel” was filmed using the Odyssey, the Jump camera created by Google and GoPro.

“Tabel” is the latest in a series of experiments from Google’s Art Copy and Code project. As the roles of the VR storyteller and the viewer evolve, we’re excited to see what parts everyone will play.

(image) Sit at the center of a metaphorical portrayal of our changing climate in this live action interactive virtual reality film.

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How LumApps and G Suite keep employees organized and informedHow LumApps and G Suite keep employees organized and informedPartner Marketing Manager, Google Cloud

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:00:00 +0000

This year at Google Cloud Next, we recognized some of our partners for outstanding innovation. One of those partners, LumApps, received the “Solution Innovation of the Year” award for its corporate intranet and social platform for businesses. Deeply integrated with G Suite, LumApps houses resources like corporate news, social communities, employee directories and go-to G Suite apps—like Drive, Calendar or Gmail—all in one place. Check it out:

With LumApps, employees use single sign-on to securely access their corporate information and G Suite apps. Plus, it’s easy to search within the Google tools they use everyday because LumApps uses the power of Google Search to surface the right information when it’s needed.

“Our solution runs on Google Cloud Platform and we really appreciate the performance and scale that Google solutions offer,” says Elie Mélois, chief technology officer of LumApps. “Google's expertise in cloud service made it a clear choice for LumApps, which is why we decided to build on their reliable and powerful platform.”

Companies are using LumApps and G Suite to centralize resources and connect teams throughout their organizations. To learn more about how your business can use LumApps and G Suite, sign up for this free webinar on April 27, 2017 at 1pm ET/10am PT.

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Introducing “G4NP in Three,” a new YouTube SeriesIntroducing “G4NP in Three,” a new YouTube SeriesGoogle for Nonprofits

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:30:00 +0000

Google for Nonprofits (G4NP) offers nonprofit organizations across 50 countries free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Ad Grants and more. Whether you’ve been using our products for years or are thinking about signing up for Google for Nonprofits, we want you to feel confident when using our products. That’s why we’re excited to announce our brand new YouTube series, “G4NP in Three.” Every few weeks, we’ll walk you through one of the many products we offer  from enrollment process to optimization—all in roughly three minutes.What You’ll LearnWe’ll start with the basics. We’ll cover program eligibility requirements, walk through the different signup processes, and give you tips and tricks on how to best use our products. In the first few videos, we’ll focus on some of our most popular products: Google Ad Grants, G Suite, and YouTube.Meet Your HostsBri and Jay are volunteers on our video production and G4NP YouTube strategy team. Both work in different parts of the Google organization for their core roles, but have been aligned to G4NP for over a year. They write, edit and star in videos to help educate the nonprofit community and, in addition to hosting, are the co-creators of the “G4NP in Three” series.Jay ​A​ San Francisco native, ​Jay ventured to Ann Arbor, MI to get his degree at the University of Michigan. ​After graduating, he started at Google where he currently works as a Communications Specialist in People Operations. Aside from his passion for marketing, communications​,​ and diversity in the workplace, Jay’s claim-to-fame is singing for President Obama at the White House.BriOriginally from Mountain View, California, Bri attended Chapman University. There she earned a degree in Public Relations and Advertising. After graduation, Bri started a position at Google as an Associate Account Strategist supporting our advertisers. Outside of work, Bri thoroughly enjoys knitting, hiking, and venturing off on the weekends to find the best cup of coffee in the Bay Area.The first “G4NP in Three” video is now live! Videos will be released every few weeks. Subscribe to Google for Nonprofits on YouTube to stay updated. To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofit’s story. Learn more and enroll here.[...]Introducing a new YouTube Series: “G4NP in Three,” aimed at helping nonprofits getting the most out of their Google for Nonprofits program.

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Connect with cultures around the world in Google EarthConnect with cultures around the world in Google EarthContent Lead

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000

Yesterday, we introduced a new version of Google Earth, along with Voyager—a showcase of interactive tours that help you explore our planet further. Over the next few days, we’re giving you a taste of what you’ll be able to find on Voyager, starting today with stories on the theme of culture, people and places around the world.Your journey begins in South Africa, Mexico or Nigeria with what is perhaps the cutest thing to ever happen in Google Earth (so far): Girl Muppets Around the World, a story by Sesame Street that that introduces you to different cultures around the world through the eyes of the girl Muppets. Then head to Hamburg, Germany, site of the world’s largest model railway exhibit, Miniatur Wunderland. The nearly 16,000 meters of train tracks feature miniaturized versions of several notable cultural spots around the world, which you can explore in Street View alongside their real-life location on the globe. Of course, we couldn’t let today go by without taking you to one of the world’s cultural capitals: Paris. This is just one of many city itineraries we plan to publish in the coming months to help make travel planning—and armchair adventures—even easier. [...]

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Google Earth’s incredible 3D imagery, explainedGoogle Earth’s incredible 3D imagery, explained

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:00:00 +0000

Google Earth is an amazing tool that lets ordinary humans—sans wings or jetpack—zoom around the world. And, as you might know if you’ve checked out the new Google Earth, the 3D imagery looks insane. (As in, mind-blowingly realistic insane.) Grand Canyon Hong Kong Rome Tokyo But how does it get that way? I talked with a couple people from the Earth team to find out. I can’t tell you everything I found out here (because I made this video that *hint hint* I’d love for you to watch) but I will say that building Google Earth includes billions of pixels, a love of spring, confetti-colored depth maps, small planes that fly in lawn mower-esque patterns, and much, much more.Thanks for watching—and hope to see you soon on Nat & Friends.[...]A behind the scenes look at the pixels, planes and people that create Google Earth’s 3D imagery.

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Remember where you’ve been and what you’ve done with Your Timeline on iOSRemember where you’ve been and what you’ve done with Your Timeline on iOSProduct Manager, Google Maps

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000

What was the name of that antique store I popped into the other day? Where was that coffee shop we discovered on our last vacation? Did I drop off the dry cleaning on Tuesday or Wednesday? Answering questions like these used to take some guesswork (and a great memory). But with Your Timeline on Google Maps, Android and desktop users could quickly revisit the things they’ve done and places they’ve been. Starting today, Google Maps users on iOS can join in on the fun and see a daily snapshot of their life as well. More control and customizationWe’ve added more ways for you to control the information that appears in Your Timeline. You can easily edit any location so you can ensure the info is as accurate as possible. You can also delete a day, a date range, or your full history at any time. In addition, we’ve added a variety of activity types so you can customize your modes of transportation and activities—from surfing to snowshoeing to horseback riding. Easier access to Your Timeline You can now quickly access Your Timeline from the place cards of locations or businesses you’ve previously visited. So if you went to Point Reyes National Seashore a few days ago, the dates of your past visits will appear on the place card (only visible to you). From there you can tap directly into Your Timeline to get the dates and details of your visits and rediscover the experience. A monthly recap of places and activitiesSometimes you need a reminder to stop and smell the roses. So you can now receive monthly emails summarizing the cities, countries, and places you’ve visited––all in one place. To manage these email settings, open the settings tab from Your Timeline, and toggle “Timeline emails” on or off. Whether you use Your Timeline to remember your last vacation or what you did last weekend, it’s a useful way to see your life on the map and recall the places you went and activities you enjoyed on any given day, month or year. [...]Recall and view the places you went and activities you enjoyed on any given day, month or year.

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New ways to pay with Android Pay and PayPalNew ways to pay with Android Pay and PayPalGlobal Head of Payment Products

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000


We're thrilled to bring you even more options at checkout, thanks to a new strategic collaboration between Android Pay and PayPal, one of the world's leading online payment platforms.


Millions of people already use their PayPal account to make online purchases, receive payments and send money to friends and family. Soon they can start using the same PayPal account to tap and pay with their phones in stores and speed through checkout in Android apps.

People in the U.S. can simply link their PayPal account to use with Android Pay. You can expect to see this new feature in the Android Pay and PayPal apps within the next few weeks.

(image) We're thrilled to bring you even more options at checkout, thanks to a new strategic collaboration between Android Pay and PayPal, one of the world's leading online payment platforms.

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